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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Radford University

Photo by Lloyd Wolf 

Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI)
Local, State, Regional, and National Partnerships to Build Community Capacity and Diversify Coalfield Economies in Southwest Virginia

Radford University students worked with Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI), a multi-member grassroots organization comprised of several Southwest Virginia counties, to collect river stories from individuals who have grown up along the Clinch River.  This project supported two of the CRVI’s goals, which are 1) to offer environmental education to people of all ages and 2) to revitalize and market downtowns along the river, as well as boost entrepreneurial opportunities.

The stories collected by Radford University students resulted in a book that will be sold at Clinch River venues and online to locals and tourists alike. Select audio clips from the interviews will be used in kiosks along the Clinch River, and can also be used on Clinch community and business websites and in paddling itineraries.


2016 ATP Proposal

Radford University's Live Presentation in Washington, DC

2016 Final Report


Contact Information:

Dr. Theresa Burriss
Chair, Appalachian Studies
Director, Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center
Radford University
P.O. Box 7014
Radford, VA   24142 
Telephone: (540) 831-6857


Previous Conference Participation:
2015   2014   2013    2011   2010    2009


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